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Fritos Chili Cheese – The Perfect Party Snack!

Fritos Chili Cheese

Last Updated on June 13, 2021 by Jim Edwards


What are Fritos Chili Cheese?

Fritos Chili Cheese are flavored corn chips that are more spiced than regular Fritos chips. Fritos chips are created by deep frying cornmeal so they have a delicious flavor and texture, and then chili spice is added. If you love a little spice in your snacks, these are AWESOME if you are having a beer and watching a football game.

Fritos Chili Cheese are the perfect party snack. They can be eaten plain, or with a cola or beer.

And one thing that has always made Fritos stand out, is that there are so many delicious recipes you can make with them. Some of the more famous ones you have probably tried include:

  • Fritos Chili Cheese corn salad
  • Fritos Chili Cheese casserole
  • Fritos Chili Cheese pie (definitely our favorite!)
  • Fritos Chili Cheese stuffed sweet potatoes

History of Fritos Chili Cheese

Fritos is a leading American snack food brand that makes some of the most delicious dipping sauces and corn chips. Charles Elmer Doolin founded the brand in 1932. He wanted to introduce a salty snack to the masses. 

Charles Elmer found the recipe for corn chips in an ad on the San Antonio Express. He bought the recipe and started producing the deep-fried chips at his home along with his mother, father, and brother. They were the original four founders of the company (then called Frito Corporation).

More than fifty manufacturing units were established by the end of 1955. The Frito Company had an exclusive restaurant at Disneyland. They were one of the first investors in the theme park during its inception in 1955.

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The Frito Company became Frito-Lay in 1961 after a merger with H.W. Lay and Company. 

Pepsi-Cola Company and Frito-Lay merged in 1965 to form PepsiCo. 

The corn chips come in a wide variety of flavors. The Fritos Chili Cheese came into existence in the 1960s.

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What is the taste and flavor of Fritos Chili Cheese like?

Fritos Chili Cheese is crispy corn chips. The chili flavoring is mild. It is not too salty. You can taste the cheese in them. However, the taste of chili overpowers the taste of cheese in the chips. 

What are the ingredients in Fritos Chili Cheese?

The ingredients in Fritos Chili Cheese are corn, corn oil, whey, salt, less than 2% of cheddar cheese (milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), spices, whey protein concentrate, maltodextrin (made from corn), tomato powder, monosodium glutamate, onion powder, Romano cheese (cow milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), dextrose, sugar, buttermilk, butter (salt, cream), canola oil, potassium chloride, sodium caseinate, citric acid, sunflower oil, garlic powder, Annatto extracts, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, caramel color, and natural flavors.

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Nutritional Facts of Fritos Chili Cheese

The nutritional facts mentioned below are for a serving size of 31.8 grams (one packet).

% Daily Value
Total Fat (11 g) 14%
Saturated Fat (1.5 g) 8%
Trans Fat (0 g) 0%
Total Carbohydrates (18 g) 6%
Dietary Fiber (1 g) 5%
Total Sugar (less than 1 g)
Sodium (310 mg) 13%
Cholesterol (0 mg) 0%
Protein (2 g)
Calcium (42 mg) 2%
Potassium (59 mg) 0%
Iron (0 mg) 2%
Vitamin D (o mcg) 0%
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Fritos Chili Cheese Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many calories are there in Fritos Chili Cheese?

A pack of Fritos Chili Cheese (31.8 g/ 1.125 oz) contains 180 calories.

Is Fritos Chili Cheese gluten-free?

Fritos Chili Cheese do not contain any glutenous ingredients. However, the chips are manufactured in a facility that handles gluten-containing ingredients to produce other items. There could be a slight chance of cross-contamination, so please read the product label carefully. 

People suffering from a gluten allergy or Celiac disease should seek advice from a medical professional.

Are Fritos Chili Cheese vegan?

Fritos Chili Cheese are not vegan. One of its key ingredients is cheddar cheese which is sourced from animal milk.

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Video: Chili Cheese Corn Chips Review

If you want to see the chips unwrapped and up close with a taste test, this video is worth a watch.

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